Other Dog Activities in Iowa

Tired of watching Fido run laps in the dog park? We've got the scoop on lots of other dog friendly attractions in Iowa too. You’ll find information on all of the dog friendly wineries, boat rentals, botanical gardens, drive-ins, and other offbeat animal attractions in Iowa here.

Pet Friendly Fenelon Place Elevator Company
Fenelon Place Elevator Company Hailed as the world's shortest, steepest elevator ride, the Fenelon Place Elevator Company cars elevate passengers 189 feet from Fourth Street to Fenelon Place. At the top, you and Fido will be able to see a panoramic view of the historic Dubuque business district, the Mississippi River, and three states. The cars are very small, so only small lap dogs are welcome to join their humans. See Details
Pet Friendly Field of Dreams
Field of Dreams Leashed, well behaved dogs (with responsible owners who will clean up after them) are permitted to enjoy the site where The Field of Dreams was filmed. See Details
I-80 Truckstop Dubbed the "World's Largest Truckstop", this middle America roadside wonder has provided drivers and travelers a place to cool off and fuel up since 1964. In addition to a 24-hour gas station and convenience store, there is a barber shop, chiropractor, dentist, laundry facility, library, fitness center, movie theater, Dogomat pet wash station, and multiple fast food restaurants on site. Dogs must be leashed at all times on truckstop grounds. See Details
Maquoketa Caves State Park Dogs are welcome at Maquoketa Caves State Park. This pet-friendly destination is famed for the caves and named for the Native Americans who once lived there. You and Fido can don your Indiana Jones and Indiana Bones costumes and search the park for artifacts such as pottery, tools and projectile points made of stone. There are six miles of trails that explore the wooded surroundings and prairie, leading to the main attractions of the area, the Natural Bridge, Balanced Rock, and Dancehall Cave. The park is open all day, every day. Dogs are welcome to explore the caves and trails with their owners, as long as they are on a leash under six feet. Remember to clean up any mess after your pup. See Details
Ledges State Park Dogs are allowed to join their owners at Ledges State Park. Pea's Creek runs through the park and has created a craggy sandstone gorge. This pretty creek is a tributary of the Des Moines River and can be viewed from the arch stone bridge. The park is one of Iowa's most popular, attracting millions of viewers, and you and Fido can be next. There are a number of picnic spots which offer great views and tranquil surroundings to enjoy lunch at. Adventurous dogs can tackle the four miles of hiking trails that lead to scenic overlooks of the canyon below, as long as they are on a leash under six feet in length. See Details
Pikes Peak State Park Pikes Peak State Park is pet-friendly. They welcome dogs to join their owners on the many trails around the park. This picturesque park is hugely popular among visitors on the hunt for the perfect picture of the Mississippi River. You and Fido can wander up the trail that leads to a 500-ft bluff and a view across the wooded area. There are eleven and a half miles of trails in total, many of which lead through wooded bluffs and valleys, around decorah limestone cliff faces, and you may even spot some ancient fossil remains. Pikes Peak State Park is open every day of the week from 4:00am to 10:30pm. See Details
TA Council Bluffs Has a full-service restaurant open 24 hours, Iron Skillet, O'Deli's and a Travel Store. This location has a dedicated area for pets that need some exercise or a rest break. Waste bags and trash receptacles are also available for easy cleanup. TA and Petro Travel Stores also carry a variety of pet care product. See Details
Brenton Arboretum The Brenton Arboretum is a 143-acre landscape in the heart of Iowa agricultural land. We have thousands of trees (all labeled, of course), beautiful prairies and wildflower meadows, streams and ponds, and miles of grassy trails. Our mission is to bring joy through the beauty and knowledge of the natural world of trees. Well behaved dogs (who respond appropriately to voice commands) are allowed to be off leash. It is up to the owners of the dog to use their best judgment and accept full responsibility when deciding whether or not to let their dog off leash. Dogs are allowed to swim and play in streams and ponds; humans are not. Dogs of non-members are allowed for $5 per dog, per night. Open 9am to sunset. See Details
Lake Manawa State Park Lake Manawa State Park is dog-friendly. You are welcome to bring Fido with you to enjoy the 772-acre reservoir. There are a number of trails to enjoy, including a nature trail with a paved surface that gives all levels of wanderer the opportunity to view the beauty of the park. There is also a paved bike trail within the park that connects to the Western Trails Center, Council Bluffs trail system, and the Wabash Trace Trail. Dogs are welcome to join you throughout the park if they are on a leash under six feet and owners clean up any mess after them. See Details
Lake Macbride State Park Dogs are welcome at Lake Macbride State Park. This pet-friendly park is popular among pooches and their owners who enjoy wooded valleys and pretty lake walks. Iowa's largest state park is home to a five-mile scenic multi-use trail that leads to waterfalls along the lake's shoreline, a perfect trail for comfortable walkies. You can bring Fido with you to enjoy the park if they are on a leash under six feet. Lake Macbride State Park is open every day of the week from 4:00am to 10:30pm. See Details
Big Creek State Park Dogs are welcome at Big Creek State Park, where a diversion dam has formed an 866-acre reservoir. In addition to the lake itself, the park also includes shelters, picnic areas, playground, and a multi-purpose sports field. You and Fido are welcome to wander the 26-mile paved trail from the beach south through the Saylorville Lake area all the way to Des Moines. Big Creek State Park is open every day of the week from 4:30 am to 10:30pm. See Details
Palisades-Kepler State Park Dogs are welcome at Palisades-Kepler State Park. This 840-acre park is made up of river bluffs and deep ravines. The six miles of trails six miles of trails will lead you through woods of hardwood trees and meadows of wildflowers. While you're wandering together through the interesting surroundings, you may run into white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, lots of different songbirds, and some other wildlife. You can bring Fido into the park on a leash under six feet in length. The park is open every day of the week from 4:30am to 10pm. See Details
Wildcat Den State Park Dogs are allowed at Wildcat Den State Park. This pet-friendly park is popular among dog walkers looking to tour the varied trail system in the park. Many of the trails wind through a variety of terrain, leading to interesting points of interest like Steamboat Rock, Devil's Punch Bowl, and Fat Man's Squeeze. You'll also come across Pine Creek Grist Mill, a mid-19th century mill that was built by an early settler. Bring Fido with you to this park, but remember to clean up any mess they make and keep them on a leash under six feet for the duration of your visit. See Details
Eagles Landing Winery Swirl, sniff and sip a glass of wine alongside Fido at Eagles Landing Winery. Eagles Landing welcomes leashed dogs in its wine garden. Dog owners are asked to ensure their pet is well-behaved and doesn't go to the bathroom in the wine garden. The Winery claims to pay meticulous attention to every winemaking detail. Its award-winning wines include reds such as Frog Hollow, Marquette Rosé, and Sweet Ruby, and whites such as Summer Crush, Grandpas Reserve, and Oktoberfest. Eagles Landing also serves dessert wines and fruit and berry wines. Eagles Landing Winery is open daily, from 10am to 5pm and is closed on select holidays. See Details
Muscatine Dog Park Muscatine Dog Park is dog-friendly. Dogs are welcome to come and play at this 4.5 acre park near Muscatine Kent-Stein Park. This fun area is divided into 3 separate sections, including 1.5 acres for small dogs and 2.5 for large dogs. There's even a half acre of space for timid dogs to hang out in. Your pooch can cool down at the watering station at the park, where bags are provided to clean up any mess that they leave behind. The fee for entry into the park is $15.00 per dog or household for an annual pass and $5 per dog or household for a daily pass. Due to regulations in the area, Staffordshire terrier, American pit bull terrier, and American Staffordshire terriers are not allowed to use the park. There is a limit of 2 dogs per handler visiting the park. Muscatine Dog Park is open every day of the week from dawn until dusk. See Details
TA Brooklyn Has a Country Pride, Hunt Brothers Pizza, O'Deli's, Dunkin' Donuts Express and a Travel Store. This location has a dedicated area for pets that need some exercise or a rest break. Waste bags and trash receptacles are also available for easy cleanup. TA and Petro Travel Stores also carry a variety of pet care product. See Details
Bellevue State Park Dogs are welcome at Bellevue State Park in Iowa. This park is home to a colorful butterfly garden, a number of trails, and stunning views. Dogs must be on a six foot leash for the duration of their visit and owners are reminded to clean up after their pets. The park is open every day of the week from 4:00am to 10:30pm. See Details
TA Walcott Has a full-service restaurant open 24 hours, Taco Bell Express, Wendy's, Dairy Queen, Caribou Coffee, Pizza Hut Express, Blimpie, Orange Julius and a Travel Store. This location has a dedicated area for pets that need some exercise or a rest break. Waste bags and trash receptacles are also available for easy cleanup. TA and Petro Travel Stores also carry a variety of pet care product. See Details
Walnut Woods State Park Walnut Woods State Park is pet-friendly. You are welcome to bring Fido with you to enjoy the 260 acres of woodland along the banks of Raccoon River. The two and a half miles of trails that weave through the black walnut trees, the largest surviving natural stand of these trees in the country, are a great attraction for dogs and their owners. Dogs are allowed on the trails, as long as they are on a leash under six feet and you clean up any mess they make after them. Walnut Woods State Park is open every day of the week from 6am to 9pm. See Details
Effigy Mounds National Monument Effigy Mounds National Monument is dog-friendly. The mounds preserved here are considered sacred by many Americans, especially the Monument's 20 culturally associated American Indian tribes. Leashed dogs are welcome to wander around with you on the designated trails, as long as you stay off the mounds and all mess is cleaned up. The pathways lead to great views of the Mississippi. Effigy Mounds is open every day of the week from 8:30am to 4:30pm. See Details
Geode State Park Geode State Park is dog-friendly. You'd think a park named after the state's very own rock would be full of them, but there aren't actually that many geodes left around the park. If you do find one, you can't take it home for your collection. They should be left where they are to preserve the area. There are several trails that lead around the 187-acre lake. You can access the numerous pet-friendly trails from one of the many picturesque picnic areas. You must remember to keep Fido on a leash for the duration of their stay and owners are reminded to clean up any mess after their pets. See Details
Lake Ahquabi State Park Dogs are welcome at Lake Ahquabi State Park. This 770-acre park has more than seven miles of multi-use trails. There's a trail along the shoreline of the lake and another that winds in through the woods on land. The centerpiece of this park is the 115 acre man-made lake in the center, perfect for recreational boat users and anglers. You can bring Fido with you into the park, as long as they are on a leash under six feet for the duration of their visit. See Details
Stone State Park Stone State Park is pet-friendly. The rugged landscape of the park make it a great place to explore for adventurous dogs and their owners. The eight miles of hiking trails will take you around the scenic vistas of wooded valleys and dry prairie ridges, alongside the Big Sioux River. The area is typical of Loess Hills and the 220 mile-long Scenic Byway that passes through the park best shows off the stunning surroundings. Dogs are allowed to join their owners around the park, as long as they are on a leash under six feet in length. Stone State Park is open every day of the week from 4:00am to 10:30pm. See Details
Pilot Knob State Park Pilot Knob State Park is pet-friendly. There are lots of reasons to bring Fido to this park, including wandering on the trails, checking out the wildlife, and witnessing the stunning views from some of the highest points in the area. Dogs are welcome to join their owners on the trails if they are on a leash under six feet. This is to protect the deer and turkey who call the area their home. Pilot Knob State Park is open every day of the week from 4:00am to 10:30pm. See Details